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The Three Things You Need In An Automatic Gate

If you haven't given your automatic gate a lot of thought, you might want to start. Not only do automatic gates increase safety, they also improve property values. In some areas, and automatic gate can increase the value of one home by $50,000—even if it does nothing to actually improve safety.

With that said, here are three things you need to consider before choosing an automatic gate.

The Ability to Keep People and Pets In

Gates are usually installed to keep things out, but they also need to be able to keep things in. Pets and small children can easily slip through the gaps between the bars, or worse, become stuck.

When it's feasible, a solid gate is often the best option. However, they're not always the most cost-effective or visually appealing. If you're looking to for something with spaces in them, you can always buy a gate with thinner, smaller bars running between larger ones, or find a gate that has a solid bottom with bars above it.

The Gate's Ability to Move

Most automatic gates are one of two types—sliding or swinging. Sometimes, people don't think about which way their gate will open, or the space it needs, which can cause a lot of problems.

Shrubbery, trees, land area, and landscape can all affect what type of gate you need. If your entrance is located on a steep hill, a swinging gate could become stuck on the slope, not open as far, or require costly landscaping to accommodate it.

Conversely, sliding gates need room either on one side or both. If your property has a narrow entrance, or shares space with a nearby property, you could run into a land dispute with your neighbor. If you have a lot of trees over the gate, leaves and branches could potentially prevent the gate from closing.

The Property and Potential Repairs

Gates are relatively simple machines, but that doesn't mean something small can't interfere with their operation.

People make mistakes, and sometimes they drive into them. Small bents and nicks can cause the gates to have problems closing, or make them nonoperational. Plus, there's always the chance the gate will be damaged doing the thing it was meant to do in the first place—keep people out.

If you have a lot of tenants on your property, or you know that there have been problems in the past, there's a good chance that your gate will receive some damage in the future. It's always good to have a plan—and an automatic gate service—ready just in case.

For more information, contact Gibson Construction Of Nevada Inc or a similar company.